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$10K/$500K: Noah Schwartz – 5th Place ($58,970)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 4  of 117

Noah Schwartz

Stephen Song opened to 30,000 from the cutoff and Noah Schwartz defended his big blind.

The flop came KhKd2h, Schwartz checks and Song bet 20,000. Schwartz called. The turn was the Jc, Schwartz checked and Song bet 60,000. Schwartz called.

The river was the 9h, Schwartz checked and Song put him in for 155,000 effective.

Schwartz called with AcJs for two-pair, but was no good against Song’s Ks2d full house.

Stephen Song – 1,430,000 (72 bb)
Noah Schwartz – Eliminated in 5th Place ($58,970)

$10K/$500K: Sam Gorsfield – 6th Place ($48,860)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 5  of 117

Sam Gorsfield

Sam Gorsfield moved all in for 115,000 from the button and Noah Schwartz called from the big blind. Gorsfield tabled 6s6c and was flipping against Schwartz’s Ac10c.

The board came out Qs4d2sAdJh and Schwartz wound up with a pair of aces to eliminate Gorsfield.

Noah Schwartz – 225,000 (15 bb)
Sam Gorsfield – Eliminated in 6th Place ($48,860)

$10K/$500K: John Dollinger – 7th Place ($42,120)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 6  of 117

John Dollinger

John Dollinger moved all in for 190,000 from the button and Stephen Song called from the big blind.

It was a coin flop as Dollinger tabled AdJh against Song’s 5c5s.

The board came 10s7d5h9hKs and Song wound up with a set of fives to eliminate Dollinger.

Stephen Song – 1,225,000 (82 bb)
John Dollinger – Eliminated in 7th Place ($42,120)

$10K/$500K: Wesom Abdallah – 8th Place ($37,065)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Remaining Players: 7  of 117

Wesom Abdallah shoved from early position and James Romero reshoved from the small blind. The rest of the table folded and it was heads up with Abdallah’s 9d8d in bad shape against Romero’s 8s8c.

The board ran out Ks10c3s4dJs and Romero’s pocket eights held to score the knock out.

James Romero – 285,000
Wesom Abdallah – Eliminated in 8th Place ($37,065)

$10K/$500K: Money Bubble Continues

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Remaining Players: 16 of 117

John Dollinger

James Carroll limped the button, Matas Cimbolas completed the small blind, and John Dollinger checked from the big blind.

All three players checked the 10c5h2h flop. The turn brought the 6d, Carroll checked and Cimbolas bet 12,000. Both of his opponent’s called.

The river was the 7d, Caroll checked and Cimbolas went into the tank. Someone called the clock and at the last second Cimbolas bet 50,000.

Dollinger quickly called and Carroll got out of the way. Cimbolas showed Qh6h but was no good against Dollinger’s 10d9d.

John Dollinger – 242,000
Matas Cimbolas – 180,000
James Carroll – 52,000

$1,100/$500K: Keith Brennan Defeats Cangir Elcin Outright

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 22
$1,100 SHRPO Big 4 Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 537
Prize Pool: $537,000
August 12-13, 2019

Keith Brennan

After a speedy final table, under five hours of play, Keith Brennan took down the Event 22 $1,100 SHRPO Big 4 No Limit Hold’em title. Brennan secured took the biggest piece of the $537,000 prize pool with his first place finish earning $104,035 as well as a prestigious guitar pick trophy.

Event 22 boasted a field of 537 entries surpassing the $500,000 guarantee. The top 68 took home at least $1,480 for their efforts. The starting field contained the usual suspects such as Benjamin Zamani, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mohsin Charania, Tony Miles, Mukul Pahuja, Jerry Wong, Steve Karp, Loni Harwood, and Mark Dube, all of whom finished in the money.

Day 1 moved fast playing to the final table. Here’s a look at how they stacked up overnight heading to Tuesday’s Big 4 finale:

Seat 1: Jack Duong – 2,395,000 (79 bb)
Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 3,040,000 (101 bb)
Seat 3: David Castranova – 835,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 865,000 (27 bb)
Seat 5: Gary Leibovitz – 910,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6: Corey Hochman – 670,000 (22 bb)
Seat 7: John Michalak – 865,000 (27 bb)
Seat 8: Mario De La Puente – 795,000 (26 bb)
Seat 9:  Brock Wilson – 365,000 (12 bb)

Brennan came into the final table in the middle of the pack with Turkey native Cangir Elcin leading the way. Poker pro Brock Wilson was the shortest stack, but quickly doubled through Jack Duong when he spiked a set with pocket nines to crack pocket jacks.

First to be eliminated was David Castranova ($10,350) when his top pair got defeated by Jack Duong’s two-pair on the river. Next to go was Corey Hochman ($13,545), when his pocket aces were cracked by Cangir Elicin who made a straight on the turn with queen-nine. Elicin added to his chip lead stacking over 4,600,000.

Brock Wilson, turned his short stack into a seventh place score worth $17,030. Wilson got it in good with Ace Jack versus John Michalak’s King Seven. Wilson flopped a Jack but Michalak ran out a straight to eliminate Wilson.

Cangir Elcin took out the sixth place finisher Mario De La Puente ($20,540) with two-pair when De La Puente missed his straight draw. Elcin extended his chip lead to over 5,700,000 with that hand.

It was the eventual champion’s turn to do some dirty work when Brennan’s pocket tens held against WSOP Bracelet Winner Jack Duong’s pocket fours. Brennan had over 2,300,000 and was gaining ground on Elcin. Duong took home $24,935.

After a few double ups Gary Leibovitz became the fourth place finisher, earning a  $32,550 pay day. Chip leader Elcin’s king high held against Leibovitz’s queen high to send it to three-handed play.

Brennan scored a big double up through Elcin when his pocket three’s held against Elcin’s Ace King. Elcin still had a decent lead, but it was short lived. Brennan shoved over a big bet of Elcin a few hands later to take the lead for the first time.

Brennan went on a roll after that and at one point the three-handed counts looked like this:

Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 1,350,000
Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 8,215,000
Seat 7: John Michalak – 2,355,000

John Michalak wound up being the third place finisher at the hands of Elcin when his Ace Queen fell to Elcin’s Jack Five. Michalak’s third place finish was good for $46,400.

Cangir Elcin (left) versus Keith Brennan (right)

Heads up play started with Brennan holding an over 4 to 1 lead:

Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 2,020,000
Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 8,730,000

It didn’t take long for Brennan to come out on top. He found Ace Jack against Elcin’s pocket nines. In typical crazy poker fashion there was a jack in the window followed by the nine, giving Elcin a set. The turn, an ace, made things interesting. The river was just what Brennan was looking for, another ace. He ended up with a higher full house to eliminate Elcin in second place and become the $1,100 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em Champion.

The Irish poker pro, hailing from Ashbourne, said he made the trip over seas to play here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the recommendation of a few friends.

Final Table Results:

1st Place: Keith Brennan – $104,035 + Trophy
2nd Place: Cangir Elcin –  $72,285
3rd Place: John Michalak – $46,400
4th Place: Gary Leibovitz – $32,550
5th Place: Jack Duong – $24,935
6th Place: Mario De La Puente –  $20,540
7th Place: Brock Wilson – $17,030
8th Place: Corey Hochman –  $13,545
9th Place: David Castranova – $10,350

High Roller: Meet the Final Table

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Big 4 High Roller might have produced the most talented field of the series from top to bottom. The $25K tournament drew some top-shelf players and they put nearly $3,000,000 in the prize pool.

With the incredible field, it’s no surprise that it produced an outstanding final table that has successful players from all over the poker world.

Andy Andrejevic has the chip lead but every single remaining player has a chance to catch him. Below is the High Roller lineup that will return on Tuesday at 1 pm to compete for the Big 4 crown.


Seat 1: Josh Ray
Chip Count – 820,000

The 32-year-old hailing from Chattanooga TN has $76,891 in earnings with most of it coming from this years WSOP Main Event run where he finished in 196th place.


Seat 2: Matthew Wantman
Chip Count – 530,000

Professional poker player from Stoneham, MA with over 2,000,000 in earnings. Wantman had his biggest score this last May when he secured his first WPT Title at the ARIA Summer Championship. Wantman took home $443,474 for his efforts.


Seat 3: Shaun Deeb
Chip Count – 2,465,000

33-year-old father from Troy, NY coming into the final table second in chips. Deeb is arguably the most accomplished player remaining with $6,813,495 in earnings as well as four WSOP bracelets. Deeb finished runner-up in this event last year to Jake Schindler.


Seat 4: Olivier Busquet
Chip Count – 895,000

Another New York native professional poker player, holds the distinction of having the most career earnings at the table with $8,629,996. Busquet finished in 6th place in last years Lucky Hearts Poker Open and is a member of the WPT Champions Club.


Seat 5: TK Miles
Chip Count – 1,120,000

A Florida native, born in Tallahassee now living in Miami Beach FL and has $3,461,000 in earnings. His biggest score came last September when he finished runner up in the WPT Borgata Poker Open to Erkut Yilmaz for $383,399


Seat 6: Albert Daher
Chip Count – 2,335,000

Daher is from Beirut, Lebanon, and a 32 year old professional poker player with over $3,00,000 in earnings. In May of 2018 Daher had his biggest score of $716,210 in the Monte Carlo EPT $25k High Roller.


Seat 7: Andy Andrejevic
Chip Count – 2,940,000

Andrejevic comes into the final table as the chip leader is originally from Belgrade, Serbia and now resides in Miami FL. Andrejevic is first place on the Serbia all-time money list. His best live cash is $1,125, 722 at the 2015 APPT Asia Championship.


Seat 8: Jake Schwartz
Chip Count– 400,000

An avid movie fan, considers his greatest poker accomplishment to be “Sitting next to Andy Andrejevic at this final table”. Schwartz is originally from New York and now lives in Fort Lauderdale. This is his second final table of the series with his first coming in Event 14 where he placed fourth. Schwartz has over $2,600,000 in lifetime earnings


High Roller: Andy Andrejevic Leads the Final Table

$25,500 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Player Remaining:  8 of 115

Andy Andrejevic

With Jason Mercier’s departure in ninth place the official $25,500 SHRPO High Roller Final Table has been reached.

The final eight players will return later today Tuesday August 13th at 1:00 PM to play down to a winner on the Big 4 televised live stream on a thirty minute delay.

Here’s a look at how they stack up:

Seat 1: Josh Ray – 820,000 (33 bb)
Seat 2: Matthew Wantman – 530,000 (21 bb)
Seat 3: Shaun Deeb – 2,465,000 (99 bb)
Seat 4: Olivier Busquet – 895,000 (36 bb)
Seat 5: TK Miles – 1,120,000 (45 bb)
Seat 6: Albert Daher – 2,335,000 (93 bb)
Seat 7: Andy Andrejevic – 2,940,000 (118 bb)
Seat 8: Jake Schwartz – 400,000 (16 bb)

Here’s a look at what they are playing for:

1st: $778,300 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd: $545,375
3rd: $340,860
4th: $235,760
5th: $150,545
6th: $110,780
7th: $90,895
8th: $76,695

High Roller: Jason Mercier Eliminated in 9th Place

$25,500 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Player Remaining:  8 of 115

Jason Mercier

TK Miles opened to 60,000 from middle position and Andy Andrejevic raised to 180,000 from the hijack. John Ray shoved 205,000 from the button and Jason Mercier reshoved 300,000 from the big blind.

TK Miles moved all in and Andrejevic asked for a count. The dealer counted down 1,215,000 and Ray said “Wow this is sick”

Andrejevic folded and the three players tabled their hands.

Jason Mercier was in the lead with his QhQs against Ray’s 9d9s and Miles’s AcKh.

The flop came 9s7s4d and Ray flopped a set of nines to take the lead. The turn brought the 6d and the river was the As to give Miles the side pot.

Josh Ray – 520,000 (21 bb)
TK Miles – 1,120,000 (45 bb)
Jason Mercier – Eliminated in 9th Place ($73,855)

Josh Ray

High Roller: Final Nine Redraw

$25,500 SHRPO Big 4 High Roller (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Player Remaining:  9 of 115

Here’s a look at how the final nine stack up:

Seat 1: Josh Ray – 350,000 (14 bb)
Seat 2: Matthew Wantman – 580,000 (23 bb)
Seat 3: Jason Mercier – 290,000 (19 bb)
Seat 4: Shaun Deeb – 2,075,000 (83 bb)
Seat 5: Olivier Busquet – 930,000 (37 bb)
Seat 6: TK Miles – 1,330,000 (53 bb)
Seat 7: Albert Daher – 2,100,000 (84 bb)
Seat 8: Andy Andrejevic – 3,215,000 (129 bb)
Seat 9: Jake Schwartz – 495,000 (20 bb)